Congressman Al Green (D-TX) delivered a speech Wednesday morning in efforts to begin the impeachment process of President Donald Trump. “It’s a position of conscience for me,” he said. “This is about what I believe. And this is where I stand. I will not be moved. The president must be impeached.”
Today on the floor of the Congress of the United States of America, I will call for the Impeachment of the President between 9am & 10am CST.
— Congressman Al Green (@RepAlGreen) May 17, 2017
Congressman Al Green was the first democrat to try and initiate the process of impeachment of the president; after it was revealed that the president had disclosed classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister and a Russian ambassador.
Along with Democrats, some Republicans are considering the possibility of impeachment of the president. Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) said that if James Comey’s reports into the president are verified as true, it would “merit impeachment”.
What Led Up to This?
Impeachment of a president is a pretty big deal and it doesn’t just happen overnight. Many events over the past four months of his presidency have taken place, that have landed him in this tight situation.
1.) The Firing of James Comey
James Comey served as the Director of the FBI from September 2013 up until May 2017.
According to reports, President Trump had been openly talking to administration aides about firing Comey for over a week before the official firing, or the requested dismissal from Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein. President Trump was furious that Comey refused to support his claim of wiretapping of his campaign, conducted by Former President Barack Obama. He became extremely agitated when Comey revealed in a Senate testimony that the breadth of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The president felt Comey was giving unnecessary attention to the Russia probe and not enough to the internal leaks from the White House and intelligence agencies. “Shortly before Comey was fired, he had requested money and resources to further expand the probe into Russian interference into the Presidential election.”
“In the dismissal letter, Trump wrote that Comey had told Trump “on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation.” Fact checkers reported that while they have no way of knowing what Comey may have told Trump privately, no such assertion is on the public record of Comey directly stating that Trump is not personally under investigation. Instead, as per Comey’s sworn testimony to U.S. Congress days prior, the statements on the public record are those which confirm that various persons—without confirming or denying specific persons—involved in Trump’s campaign are being investigated, and his refusal to exclude Trump from individual investigation if that is where the evidentiary trail leads to. Trump later specified the three occasions in which he alleges he asked Comey if he was personally under investigation: a private White House dinner, and two telephone calls. Associates of Comey offered a different version of what was said during the dinner.”
2.) Obstruction of Justice
In a written memo from ex-Director of the FBI, James Comey, the President requested that Comey drop his investigation of ex-NSA, Michael Flynn, who had to resign because of unauthorized communication with Russian officials during the 2016 Election against opponent: Hillary Clinton.
“In an interview Wednesday, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) accompanied a crowd of Democrats on Capitol Hill who were publicly discussing the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump for firing FBI Director James Comey.”
“There may be grounds,” Lynch told WBUR’s, Radio Boston. “Absolutely.”
There is most definitely a chance of impeachment for the president, but it will take time. Democrats need to persuade at least 25 Republicans into impeaching the president but as evidence continues to unfold, there is a strong likelihood of that possibility.